“Clarifying Our Condition”
What is worry?
Worry = mental distress or agitation resulting from concern usually for something impending or anticipated, to make anxious
Matthew 6:25-34 NKJV "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
- "worry" = NT:3309 merimnao (mer-im-nah'-o); to be anxious about
- Root word NT:3307 merizo (mer-id'-zo); to part, i.e. (literally) to apportion, bestow, share, or (figuratively) to disunite, differ
To be worried or anxious is to be…
Why do so many defend being worry warts and/or anxious people?
Why is worrying such a big deal?
- Because it's unhealthy.
- Because it's nonproductive.
- Because it's sinful.
- Because it's avoidable.
Homework For the Week:
- Read our text daily.
- Take note of your anxious moments and record answers for the following questions:
- What if anything triggered it?
- Could you have done anything to avoid it?
- How did you handle it?
- What did you learn from it?